Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Tongue Twister

She sells sea shells buy the sea shore. Didn't you just love those as a kid? Peter Piper picked a peck of pickles and so on and so on. I always managed to trip over them and they never sounded like they should have in the end. Kind of like playing telephone, what is said in the beginning never ends up being what a person says in the end.

At times it seems like our lives are tongue twisters too. We start out trying to do something and then it's misinterpreted to something completely different. Or we start out with a specific task in mind and when it backfires, there's a million reasons why the place we end up is not where we aimed for in the beginning and many chose to blame other's for their errant ways. Over the years I've run into a lot of people who have that mindset. I gotta laugh thinking about how their brain is really a tongue twister. It's also a sad state of affairs to have to see someone live like that. Always flitting from one project to another, never satisfied and quitting before it has a chance to fulfill itself. Heck if you stick with something it might actually work out like you want-not all games of telephone go wrong.

Being a kid has it's advantages. We are easily forgiven for our mistakes as mostly it's a learning curve. Wouldn't it be great as an adult to have some of that same respect shown. And yes, it's respect in knowing that we aren't all perfect, that we have flaws and should always be learning. Meredith is a great example of it. As noted before we love to call her the 30 yrold living in the 10 yr old body. Growing up in what amounts to a house of adults, she catches on quickly. But she does make mistakes, accepts them and learns from them. Maybe we could learn something from her? The acceptance of things as they are, the willingness to learn and the humility to admit when they are wrong.

I've been blamed for a lot of things in lately. I accept when I have been wrong, acknowledge my mistakes, heck I have even apologized when I wasn't the person in the wrong! But what I really hate is when people don't like their current situation, which they and only they are fully responsible for and chose to blame a person just because they are unwilling to own up to their own flaws. Bites doesn't it? David has a saying-O just walk it off like we did in football. Gosh I hate it when he says that, but it rings the truth. Get past it and go on. My favorite motto for a long time was: "Learn from the past, Hope for the future, Live in the present" Let's be honest, you can't change the past, but learn from it and don't dwell in it. Live for today as it's new and fresh and we are in the here and now. And Hope, there's always hope that the learning and living will create for us a better tomorrow.

Philippians 3:13-14
"No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven. "

So to those who continually have to live in the past-just get over it. You can't go forward if you are always looking back. The telephone in the study rings, do you answer it and listen to what the caller on the other end says then pass the message on or do you let the machine get it and have to run the message over and over and over again so that you can get it perfect for fear of imperfection? Life isn't perfect, learn to accept it and play the game.

I'm full of quotes today.........

"If your everyday life seems poor, don’t blame it; blame yourself; admit to yourself that you are not enough of a poet to call forth its riches." - Rainer Maria Rilke, German poet (1875-1926)

Later gators.....

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